UCLA gymnastics has certainly been amazing to follow this season! Last weekend at the Masters Classic in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Bruins beat Nebraska in their own home meet, which hadn’t happened in the last 25 years.
UCLA scored a 197.500, outscoring host Nebraska (197.175), Iowa State (195.575) and Kent State (194.700). The Bruins racked up nine scores of 9.9 or better, and Kyla Ross won the all-around with a 39.575.
There were some struggles in the first three rotations, even though balance beam and floor have been a strength all season. The Bruins brought it back around for the final rotation on the uneven bars after huddling up and deciding to take ownership of the meet and bring home a win for UCLA.
Here is a post-meet interview with head coach Valerie Kondos-Field, courtesy of UCLA Athletics on YouTube:
Today, UCLA will compete against Stanford for their final Pac-12 meet of the regular season. Stanford has placed first or won only one meet this season, and their highest score was a 196.975 back in January against Oregon State. Elizabeth Price has been their star since she arrived four years ago, and was honored this week as the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week. She also won the award on Jan. 22. It marks the sixth time during her Cardinal career that Price has received this honor. Last Friday night, she scored 9.900 or higher in every event at Elevate the Stage in Augusta, Georgia. Price won the uneven bars (9.950) and vault (9.900), finished second on floor exercise (9.900) and third on balance beam (9.900). She also captured her sixth all-around title of the year (39.775).
After today’s meet, UCLA will compete once more at home on “Taco Tuesday” against San Jose State on March 13 before heading to the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championship.